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So much for plain-old 'redistribution,' 1998 Obama clip shows he also praised 'competition,' 'marketplace'

There's been a lot of talk from Republicans these past 24 hours about how President Obama 14 years ago made comments about how he believes in "redistribution." It was a clip of a speech that surfaced after the liberal Mother Jones magazine got a hold of a May fundraiser video in which Mitt Romney suggests nearly half of taxpayers are moochers.

There wasn't a great amount of an equivalency between the two clips from the start.

Now there's less.

Here's the entire quote from Obama, which was edited out after the "redistribution" line:

"I think the trick is figuring out how do we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because I actually believe in redistribution, at least at a certain level to make sure that everybody's got a shot.  How do we pool resources at the same time as we decentralize delivery systems in ways that both foster competition, can work in the marketplace, and can foster innovation at the local level and can be tailored to particular communities."

More here from NBC



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Yes, Marc, Trotsky and Lenin were both skilled with words that sounded reasonable. It is in the nature of propagandist experts to sound reasonable. Heck, even Hitler sounded reasonable to the oppressed German people.

So, Marc, exactly what is your point? Perhaps you mean to say that people who have been running the government for the last almost 4 years, but who haven't improved the economic lot of most American, should be praised because at some point in the far distant past, those current occupants--of the seats of power--said something that sounded reasonable?


In addition to being a serial killer, Ted Bundy was also kind to his mother.

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